Holy Land Bible Tours
Where the Bible Comes Alive
Bible Tour of Israel 2017
**ALL NEW ITINERARY**
March 22 to April 3, 2017
As we embark on our tenth journey to Israel, we have been encouraged to explore some new territory while still focusing on the important traditional sites. So we are excited to offer an entirely new and different tour to Israel from Dan to Beersheba, including up to 26 new sites and 6 rarely seen sites in Israel and the West Bank.
This 13 day, five star, all-inclusive trip will open your eyes to the Bible like never before. We provide the best sites, hotels, on-site teaching, Israeli tour guide and learning experiences, making for an amazing spiritual journey and lots of fun at the same time. Our small group allows for personal touches and wonderful fellowship. Every one of our previous tours have received the highest possible accolades from all our participants.
This will be a unique opportunity to experience the awe of walking where Jesus walked. You will never forget the sites and sounds of the this great country, and you will walk away understanding the Bible in a way you never knew possible. You will forever read the Bible in technicolor after you have been to Israel.
The tour is currently scheduled for March 22 to April 3, 2017, though that is subject to change until we book our airlines. An informational meeting will be scheduled for late May to hear all the details of the trip. Please contact Debbie Blank if you would like information on that meeting. Our planned itinerary is listed below.
Day 1: Departure
We will leave Omaha on Unitedl Airlines in order to fly to Newark and then to Tel Aviv. This flight will allow us to enjoy two relaxing meals and to rest up for the coming days.
Day 2: Coastal Area
Our plane arrives at Ben Gurion airport in Israel early in the morning which allows us extra time to drive up the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea (where Peter shared the good news with Cornelius in Acts 10) to explore the theater where Paul preached, the aqueducts, Herod‘s palace and his indoor swimming pool! We enjoy a phenomenal view of the Jezreel Valley fromMt. Carmel, a peak that can be seen throughout the northern kingdom, which is best know for the location where Elijah slew the Baal prophets. We enjoy a view of the amazing Bahai Gardens overlooking the bay in Haifa before settling into our lovely hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: North from Haifa to Tiberius
Today we explore the strategic site of Acre, known from the 15th century B.C. as such an important location that even Napoleon tried to capture it!! After seeing the Crusader fortress and tunnels under the Turkish ruins, we move on to the ancient site of Aphek, where the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant (I Samuel 4:11). If time permits, we will stop at Sepphoris, Herod's capitol in Galilee at the time of Christ. We will visit a few new sites in Nazareth, boyhood home of Jesus, to see the Synagogue Church where Jesus preached, Joseph's Church [if open] and Mary's Well Church, with it's unique picture of the Christ-child in the womb. We cross the Jezreel Valley to visit Mt. Tabor, the traditional site of the transfiguration before making our way to our high rise hotel in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee, where we will spend our next three nights.
Day 4: Sea of Galilee region
Our day begins with an inspirational boat ride on the Sea of Galilee on route to observe the ancient boat from Jesus’ time. We visit Tabgha, where Jesus called Peter twice to "follow Him," for a wonderful devotion on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In Capernaum, we see the magnificent synagogue and ruins in the city where Jesus spent most of His time. Overlooking the Sea of Galilee, the Mt. of Beatitudes provides another time of reflection on how Jesus calls us to live. The recent excavations in Magdala, the city of Mary Magdalene allow us to see the unique Magdala stone and the ruins of a first-century synagogue. We end our day with a panoramic view of the stunning Galilean region from Mt. Arbel. After dinner we can enjoy the quaint city of Tiberius for shopping and meeting new people.
Day 5: Northern Israel
Today we circle the Sea of Galilee to the eastern area of the Gadarenes to see the Kursi Chapel over the site where Jesus cast the demons into the swine in Matthew 8. We begin our drive northward, stopping at Hazor, one of Solomon's three strategically located chariot cities. We continue to the northernmost city in Israel of Dan to visit the amazing city walls, the pagan altar and the newly excavated northern gate where Abraham would have entered the Promised Land. Our next stop is Caesarea Philippi at the foothills of Mt. Herman where the waters flow southward into the Sea of Galilee. It is this city, known for pagan worship to Pan, where Jesus asked Peter, “Who do they say I am?” and later "Who do you say that I am?" On our return to the Sea of Galilee, we stop to see the Golan Heights, overlooking the Syrian border. We can enjoy our final evening in Tiberius by watching the dancing waters on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Day 6: Galilee to Dead Sea
As we leave Tiberius, we stop at the magnificent Roman ruins at Beit Shean, decopolis city where the bodies of Saul and his sons were displayed. We then head westward to stop at Gideon's Brook from Judges 7:5 on our way to Tel Jezebel, the location of the home of the most notorious couple in Scripture, Arab and Jezebel. We drive south along the Jordan Valley to the traditional baptismal site of Jesus at Bethany Beyond the Jordan for an opportunity to proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ through a public baptism at the site of Christ's baptism. After a brief stop in Qumram, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947 with original Old Testament scrolls from the first-century, we move on to our luxurious Dead Sea Hotel for the next two nights. If it is open, we have the option of attending the late evening light show at Masada.
Day 7: Desert
We begin our day with a walk through the nature preserve at Ein Gedi, where David hit from Saul, to see the wild life and waterfalls in the desert. Our final stop of the day affords us time to explore Herod's amazing fortress at Masada overlooking the Negev desert. Upon returning to our hotel in mid afternoon, we will step out to the Dead Sea to enjoy a "swim" in the Dead Sea, where we actually float due to the high mineral content. The rest of the day is available for an optional massage, spa treatment or relaxing by the Dead Sea.
Day 8: Central Desert to Jerusalem.
We travel up through the desert and up the center of Israel today, possibly visiting the ruins of Arad, a Canannite city conquered by Joshua, seeing the well of Abraham at Beersheba, visiting Gezer, another of Solomon's chariot cities, exploring the city of Goliath at Gath including the newly excavated Gath Gate, seeing another cave where David hid from Saul at Adullam, picking up stones in the Valley of Elah where David killed Goliath and worshipping in the Church of Emmaus commemorating the location where Jesus spoke to the two men after His resurrection. We then prepare our final journey to Jerusalem by reading the Ascent Psalms to prepare our hearts for our time in this Holy City. We observe the city from the hills of Mt. Scopus prior to checking into our beautiful hotel near the Old City.
Day 9: West Bank
We begin a new adventure by traveling through Israeli controlled area of the West Bank, stopping first at the 9/11 Memorial and then moving on to explore many Biblical sites such Jericho, Ai, Gibeon, Bethel, Shiloh, Mt. Gerazim and possibly Hebron before our last visit of the day in Bethlehem.
Days 10-12: Jerusalem
While in Jerusalem, we will pray at the Wailing Wall, visit the Rabbi’s tunnel, walk the Via Delorosa to the Holy Sepulcher Church, observe the differing cultures in Jerusalem, enjoy the unique bazaars and shopping in the Old City, stand on the Temple Mount and walk by the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosques, visit the Upper Room, Caiphus’ house, Jewish Quarter, Cardo, David’s Tomb, Hezekiah's wall, St. Anne's Church, Pool of Bethesda, the southern steps of the temple, Yad Veshem (the holocaust museum), the Holyland model, and the Shrine of the Book with the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will visit Bethany to see the Church of Lazarus and Lazarus' Tomb, peek into the Church of Bethpage, stand on the Mt. of Olives and the Ascension Chapel, walk the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane, visit the Church of All Nations, enjoy communion at the Garden Tomb. If time permits, we will see the Church of Visitation at Ein Karem and see the Church of St. Onuphrius which is on top of Potter's Field. We will better understand the history of Jerusalem and current politics as we drive by the Knesset, governmental offices and the Surpeme Court building. We will enjoy a partial free day for shopping in the Old City or for lingering at any of several museums. We conclude our tour with a visit to the old port of Joppa to hear the importance of that city and enjoy our final supper together in a quaint Arab cafe before heading to the airport for our overnight flight back to the U.S. A.
Day 13: Return Home
We arrive early in Newark where we clear customs prior to our non-stop flight to Omaha. It is on these flights that we finally are able to sit back and absorb all the amazing sights, sounds, new friends, and spiritual adventures of this journey of a lifetime.
Special Features of Our Tours
- All the popular sites along with over 30 sites rarely visited by tour groups
- Daily on-site Bible teaching
- High quality 5 star hotel accommodations
- Licenses professional tour guides in all countries
- Group airline departure from Omaha (other cities available)
- All transportation, hotels, meals, tips and additional expenses included except lunches, beverages, personal items [no hidden costs or extra fees].
- Personalized trip designed with your spiritual enjoyment in mind
- Intimate group of 20-30 people
- Transportation in economy class on major airline and by deluxe private motor coach in each country
- Lots of fun, personal attention and fellowship with an intimate group.
These are approximate itineraries and is subject to change should time constraints or the comfort and well being of passengers warrant it. The tours are coordinated by Living Word Tours of Living Word, Inc.
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem…” Matthew 20:18